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Children, young people & familiesWhat we do

We are involved in research, consultancy and teaching which aims to influence ongoing debates on what helps children, young people and families flourish. Our work draws on practice and policy priorities, but it is also inspired by the children and young people we work with directly.

Our projects cover a wide range of issues and themes and we are constantly expanding our expertise. These are some of our research areas:

  • child & youth protection
  • child & youth education & learning
  • youth health & well-being
  • young people, gender & peer relationships
  • migrant & minority youth groups & families
  • fostering & adoption
  • young people in the justice system
  • loss & bereavement in young people
  • looked after young people & their lives
  • family poverty & its impact on children
  • young people’s rights & fair access to services

We carry out funded, sponsored and self-supported research. We have won major competitive funding from the leading UK research councils, including the ESRC, AHRC, MRC and Leverhulme; major UK charities including Joseph Rowntree; from organisations such as the Carnegie Trust and Robertson Trust and a range of national stakeholders, such as the Scottish Government, and most local authorities.

Across our cluster, we have received significant funding from the Scottish Government on a range of projects, especially through work carried out by our associated centres, Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice and Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland.